Stephen Francis Dutilh Rigaud

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Stephen Francis Dutilh Rigaud (London 26 December 1777 – 1861) was an English painter.


He was the only son of John Francis Rigaud, born at 44 Great Titchfield Street, London. He was not closely related to Stephen Peter Rigaud, but was godson of his father Stephen.[1]

Rigaud was brought up by his father as an artist, and in 1792 was admitted a student of the Royal Academy. In 1794 he gained the silver palette from the Society of Arts for a classical group, and in 1799 the gold palette for an historical painting. In 1801 he gained the gold medal of the Royal Academy for an historical painting of Clytemnestra.[1]

In 1798, while on a visit to the Rev. Robert Nixon at Foot's Cray in Kent, he accompanied Nixon and J. M. W. Turner on a sketching tour. He was the assistant of his father in many of his decorative paintings at Packington, Windsor Castle, and elsewhere. In 1805 he was one of the first six members added to the foundation members of the Old Society of Painters in Water-colours. After the temporary dissolution of the water-colour society in November 1812, he dropped out. In 1814 he was a member of a rival water-colour society which held exhibitions in that and the following years.[1] He exhibited with the British Institution and Society of British Artists.[2]

Rigaud had, on 1 January 1808, married Margaret Davies of Milford Haven, and in 1817, because of his wife's health, he gave up professional work as an artist and moved to Pembrokeshire. After his wife's death, on 1 January 1839, he returned to London, but had little success as artist. He died in 1861, at the age of 85, and was buried in Abney Park cemetery. He left no family.[1]


As well as pictures at the Royal Academy, Rigaud exhibited drawings with the Old Society and British Institution. His subjects were sacred, classical, or drawn from John Milton, Ossian, and other poets.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1896). "Rigaud, Stephen Francis Dutilh". Dictionary of National Biography. 48. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ H. L. Mallalieu (1986). The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920. Antique Collectors' Club. p. 289. ISBN 1-85149-025-6. 

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLee, Sidney, ed. (1896). "Rigaud, Stephen Francis Dutilh". Dictionary of National Biography. 48. London: Smith, Elder & Co.